In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Magic Mike XXL,' 'Terminator: Genisys' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about the Amy Winehouse documentary 'Amy' and the drama 'Faith of Our Fathers.'
Male strippers, a T-800 and a music superstar are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Magic Mike XXL, Terminator: Genisys and Amy.
Also hitting theaters this weekend: the Katherine Heigl starrer Jackie & Ryan and Faith of our Fathers.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend's box office).
Channing Tatum and the rest of the crew are back to strip in one more time in sexually charged sequel starring Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash and series newcomer Jada Pinkett-Smith. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy praises the film as "ridiculously entertaining" and writes in his review, "Brawny and big-hearted, it's a sequel that might well take in even more than the 2012 original's $113.7 million domestic gross based on an intrinsic appeal that may reach further than its prime target of female and gay audiences.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke star in the fifth installment of the franchise that takes the characters on a journey through time travel. McCarthy writes "enough already" in his review. He adds, "Spending half its time showing unkillable cyborg characters getting shot up only to quickly heal themselves, and the other half trying to explain a plot that rewrites the entire series, Terminator: Genisys will serve as a good litmus test of how keen the public is to see basically the same old thing in a new (but very similar) bottle."
Amy Winehouse's life and tragic death are explored in director Asif Kapadia's controversial documentary of the London singer who died at 27 of alcohol poisoning in 2011. THR film critic Stephen Dalton writes in his review that the film is"an emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute." He adds, "There are no big bombshell revelations here, but even casual fans will enjoy the gossipy backstage buzz and sheer force of talent on display."
Faith of our Fathers
The faith-based film from Pure Flix and Samuel Goldwyn Films follows two men who are determined to find the answers on their fathers who died in the Vietnam War. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the film "is undone by its wobbly tone, hokey script and amateurish execution."
Jackie & Ryan
Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes star in director Ami Canaan Mann's small-town American film about a folk singer and a pop musician whose worlds collide. THR film critic Deborah Young writes in her review, "The sunny, soap-and-water characters and thoroughly upbeat message may not be the stuff great films are made of, but in Jackie & Ryan the modesty of the story, the simple story-telling and honest emotions all come together in a satisfying whole."